The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Akwa Ibom State chapter has refuted claims by the State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel that he has cleared the backlog of allowances owed them.
It will be recalled that the governor had, during a live radio interview programme, tagged, “Governor Speaks” held on Friday last week announced that his government had cleared leave allowances for local government staff.
But NULGE president, Comrade Anestina Iweh in a statement issued to journalists in Uyo on Wednesday, May 19, insisted that the state government has not cleared the arrears of leave allowances of council staff.
The union stated that staff in the employ of Akwa Ibom State Local Government Service were still being owed leave allowances for 2014, 2019, 2020, and 2021.
According to Anestina Iwe:
“the 2018 leave grant was paid to staff of 22 local government councils while the staff of nine councils of Onna, Eket, Ini, Abak, Etinan, Nsit Ubium, Mbo and Okobo have not been paid.“Salary arrears are still being owed staff of 9 Local Government Councils since 2014. The nine LGCs involved and number of months of salary arrears owed are; Ikot Ekpene – 4 months, Abak-months, Ikono – 2 months, Ika – 1, Urueofiong/Oruko – 1 month, Ibesikpo Asutan – 1 month, Ini – 1 month, Onna- 1 month and Uyo Local Government Council – 1 month”.
The statement further added, “we therefore appeal to the relevant quarters that is keeping the money so released by His Excellency, to clear the backlog of leave allowances without further delay”.
While commending Governor Udom Emmanuel for the ongoing payment of over 40 years backlog of gratuity to retired primary school teachers and their next of kin, NULGE also used the medium to appeal that modalities be put in place by the state government to kick-start payment of gratuity to retired local government staff and their next of kin.